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Community mourning death of Olentangy high school student, football player

The school district's spokeswoman confirmed that Braden Markus died, but did not elaborate on the details surrounding his death.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Olentangy Local School District is mourning the loss of a student-athlete who died over the weekend.

The school district's spokeswoman confirmed that Braden Markus died, but did not elaborate on the details surrounding his death.

Sunday evening, the football team's Twitter accounted posted a link to a GoFundMe saying "Our hearts are shattered. Please help out the Markus family if you are able."

According to the GoFundMe, Markus passed away Sunday morning.

"He had an immense gift in sports playing football, baseball and wrestling. In addition to being a teammate to many he was a friend to more with his kindness and energy. In this time of immense sadness please help us support the family with love, kind thoughts and donations," a statement posted on the GoFundMe read.

More than $41,000 has been donated to the fund as of Monday night just before 8 p.m.

In a letter addressed to families, Olentangy High School Principal Rob Griffiths described Markus' passing as a "tragic loss," adding counseling support will be available to those in need. 

You can read the full statement below: 

It is with great sadness that I share that Braden Markus, 10th grade Olentangy High School student, passed away earlier today. He was an athlete that his teammates and classmates loved.

This is a tragic loss and our hearts collectively break in hearing this news. We will do everything possible to provide support to all who would like it. Although tomorrow is a teacher workday, counselors and support staff will be available during school hours and in the coming days. We will continue to provide counseling support as long as it is needed.

Our school community is very close, and this loss is undoubtedly felt by all. The Markus family is in our thoughts and hearts.

A vigil to honor Braden's life was held at the school's spirit rock Monday night. The vigil was kept private to just students and family.